String Of Burglaries Reported Across Three Counties

By: Denny Trease Email
By: Denny Trease Email

Homeowners in three Kentucky Counties are currently on guard after a string of brazen burglaries.

Homes in Owen, Gallatin and Carroll Counties have been hit repeatedly this month, and investigators say the crooks are going after the same things each time.

Now a crackdown is under way in Owen County where the rural serenity has been shattered by this sudden crime spree.

Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "In the last two weeks, we've had 15 burglaries, five of them this Wednesday alone."

Thursday, the Sheriff's Office there set up a checkpoint in the area of the break-ins to stop cars and search for stolen merchandise.
Sheriff Hammond says, "If the culprits have to come back through here, we might catch em with some stuff. We got 2 road checks at different places to try to put a stop to it. We've got 2 men and a woman we're looking for, and we do have good descriptions of them."

The burglars seem to be after primarily prescription drugs, but if there is no well stocked medicine cabinet, they'll steal big ticket items to pay for drugs.

Curtis Sigretto from Elk Creek Vineyards found that out the hard way when the thieves hit a Bed & Breakfast that he rents out. "They got away with 2 TV's there and then they went down the road and got another person that same day."

Sheriff Hammond says, "They're taking jewelry, televisions, guns, cameras, anything they can sell quickly. If it's any kind of pain pill like oxycontin, they take it. If it's just a regular medication, they throw it down on the floor."

All the break-ins in Owen County have occurred in broad daylight between 10:30 and 1o'clock. Curtis Sigretto admits that has him and other county residents on edge. "I had never locked the doors to my car, never worried about it, but now everybody here is on the lookout."

State Police joined in the check point effort which didn't result in any arrests but probably served a purpose. The Sheriff says, "When word gets out we're doing this, we might not catch them, but it might put a stop to the burglaries."

If not, Sheriff Hammond still fears that sooner or later the thieves will arrive at the wrong place at the wrong time, and someone will get shot.


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  • by steve on Jun 27, 2008 at 07:40 PM
    A good 44 magnum will cease the thieves if they are brave enough to break in they are brave enough to take what i will throw at them and thats belly up. Because you do not walk away from a 44 magnum and i will not lose any sleep over a worthless thief.
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Jun 27, 2008 at 02:08 PM
    So, I forgot my point, which is that to those of you who have been violated, I hope that the police work hard to defend your case. I know how it feels and have never really felt secure in this town.
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Jun 27, 2008 at 02:06 PM
    It happened to us twice (most recent was March 2007) in Richmond (4 years apart). We had about $15,000 worth of items stolen between the two burglaries. Police here didn't care much. 1st burglary, state trooper wouldn't return my calls, and in the 2nd burlgary, the sheriff's dept. put an officer on the case that was on sick leave the first week after the burglary. After my visit to speak to the Sheriff, he then transferred the case to a detective who was on vacation the second week after the burglary took place. We were twice robbed by the thieves that walked into our home and invaded our privacy. Then we were twice robbed by police who never gave much concern for our safety. At the time, our child was quite young. It's a shame that our taxes pay for such negligence. Now, the sheriff's dept. has a flashy dodge charger that one can see/smell two miles away.

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